The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) welcomes the so far efforts of the Government of Montenegro to combat the coronavirus. However, we feel obliged to point out that the last announced measure of publishing the names of persons in self-isolation leads directly to violation of human rights and fundamental democratic principles guaranteed by the Constitution and international standards. Hence, we urge the Government to immediately withdraw such a decision and to provide control of persons in self-isolation by the competent authorities.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) sent today an initiative to the President of the State Election Commission (SEC), Aleksa Ivanovic, to urgently consider postponement of local elections in Tivat.
The CCE assesses that the competent authorities should make a decision on the postponement of the elections as soon as possible, which would be in accordance with orders to take provisional measures to prevent the entry of the virus into the country, suppression and prevention of transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Preparing and holding local elections requires numerous activities, such as: having extended Local Election Commission composition sessions, drawing lots to determine presiding officer of polling boards by polling station, distribution of election materials, capacity building of polling board members and finally, holding elections themselves. All these electoral actions require movement and contact of a large number of people, staying in same premises, inability to maintain recommended social distance, etc. Insisting on ignoring the current situation and holding local elections in Tivat could have serious and negative consequences for the citizens’ health, which must be before party and other related interests.
The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) informs the public and programme beneficiaries that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and general preventive measures, the CCE employees will continue to perform their work duties from their homes until further notice.
On the occasion of 15 March – World Consumer Rights Day, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) calls for all commercial subjects to act in accordance with existing legal framework, but also ethical principles, in their business practice. This is especially important in the situation when special measures are being introduced to prevent COVID19 and to preserve public health.
In Montenegro, two-thirds of citizens consider that corruption is part of everyday life, while more severe legal punishment and their equal application are assessed as a manner of addressing this problem.